FPT IN­DUS­TRIAL SHOW­CASES ITS HY­DRO­GEN FUEL CELL POW­ER­TRAIN CON­CEPT

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FPT In­dus­trial, the pow­er­train brand of CNH In­dus­trial, is in­vest­ing in Hy­dro­gen fuel cell tech­nol­ogy that could be used in com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles to de­liver zero tank-to-wheel and well-towheel emis­sions. Fur­ther­more, it could play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the de­vel­op­ment of a virtuous cy­cle, where hy­dro­gen is pro­duced lo­cally through re­new­able en­ergy sources such as biomethane, wind or so­lar en­ergy.

The aim of FPT In­dus­trial’s R&D project is to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of us­ing hy­dro­gen as a zero emis­sions fuel al­ter­na­tive for the long-haul trans­port mar­ket while de­liv­er­ing the level of per­for­mance, au­ton­omy, ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity that this sec­tor de­mands.

The pow­er­train con­cept has been de­signed with a car­bon fi­bre, high-re­sis­tance fuel tank from which the hy­dro­gen flows di­rectly into the fuel cells to gen­er­ate the elec­tric­ity that pow­ers a 400 kw en­gine. It is this com­bi­na­tion of elec­tric­ity and fuel cells that cre­ates a zero emis­sions ve­hi­cle and demon­strates that hy­dro­gen is the next phase in the de­vel­op­ment of the use of nat­u­ral gas in long-haul com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles re­quir­ing zero ni­tro­gen ox­ides, zero par­tic­u­late mat­ter and zero CO2.

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